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|FORMER ELVIS DOCTOR DEAD AT 88
February 25, 2016 - AP / Elvis Express Radio
George Constantine Nichopoulos, the one time highly controversial Doctor of Elvis Presley due to the singer's longstanding and ultimately fatal abuse of prescription drugs has died
in Memphis aged 88.
Born October 29, 1927 in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, Nchopoulos, better known as Dr. Nick, first treated Elvis in 1967 for saddle pain, eventually taking treating Elvis on as a full-time
job in 1970 until the Kings death in 1977. His son, Dean Nichopoulos would, on occasions work for Elvis also, taking care of his wardrobe etc. Nichopoulos was present the day Elvis
died, he was also present at the autopsy and served as a pallbearer at the funeral.
Many fans held Nichopoulos responsible for Elvis' early death for over prescribing medication and in 1979, the Nichopoulis was shot in the chest while watching a football game; he
was not seriously injured and no suspect was ever arrested. In 1993, Nichopolous, was interviewed on Dutch radio, during which he claimed it must have been an angry Elvis fan
who shot him?.
Although the official cause of death was listed as a heart attack, an autopsy found traces of 14 different drugs in Presley’s system, resulting in a 1979 20/20 investigation and the
Tennessee Medical Board filing charges of gross malpractice.
In 1980, Nichopoulis was indicted on 14 counts of over-prescribing drugs to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and twelve other patients. However, the district attorney ruled out any
chance of murder charges because of the conflicting medical opinions about the cause of Presley's death. In the last 8 months of Elvis' life, Nichopoulos had prescribed over 10,000
pills such as amphetamines, barbiturates, narcotics, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, laxatives, and hormones for Presley.
Nichopoulos claimed he had tried in vain to reduce Elvis' dependency, even going so far as to manufacture one thousand placebos for Elvis (leaving 9,000 real drugs) but to no
avail. The jury concluded that he had tried to act in the best interests of his patients. He was acquitted on all counts????
According to the UK’s Guardian Newspaper, the doctor wrote prescriptions for more than 10,000 doses of assorted narcotics in 1977 alone, allegedly because he “cared,” but
according to a therapist that would treat him later in life, Nichopoulos admitted that he just "didn’t know how to say no". He may not have known how to say NO, but he sure knew
how to cash all those cheques.
But then, also in 1980, the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners found Nichopoulos guilty of over-prescription, but decided that he was not unethical. They imposed three
months' suspension of his licence and three years' probation.
In 1995, Nichopoulos finally had his license permanently revoked by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners, and was branded a "Doctor Feelgood" in the press, after it was
revealed that he had been over prescribing to numerous patients for years.
Nichopoulos claimed it was for patients that suffered from inoperable chronic pain, but he was unsuccessful in his defense.
After he was stripped of his credentials in 1995, Nichopoulos worked for a short time as Jerry Lee Lewis' road manager. He later took a job evaluating medical insurance claims by
FedEx employees. No longer a doctor and in need of money, Nichopoulos has sold many of the items he received from Elvis at auctions, and at one point had a travelling exhibit,
showing off his doctor's bag with some of the medications he prescribed for Elvis.
The character Dr Nick Riviera in The Simpsons animated sitcom is a parody of Nichopoulos & right, the stripped Dr peddles some of the Tens of Thousands of pills he gave Elvis.